Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said he would like restaurants hire more staff that have previously contracted the coronavirus, according to The Daily Beast.
During a rally for Nick Freitas, a Republican candidate for Congress, in Central Virginia on Sunday, Paul suggested to a crowd that he would make the call himself if he had a restaurant.
“If I owned a restaurant, I’d have a whole wing for senior citizens or for anybody who is worried about getting sick, and I would say, ‘All my servers have already had it,'” Paul told the crowd, according to The Daily Beast. “If I had a cruise ship … everybody would have had the infection that works on the boat.”
Paul also referred to his previous coronavirus diagnosis during the rally, saying that once you’ve had COVID-19, you are immune.
“I’ve had it. I can’t get it again,” Paul said, according to The Daily Beast. “I can’t give it to you, and I can’t get it.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released guidance contradicting Paul’s stance. People are not immune to reinfection after recovering from the coronavirus, according to the CDC.
Paul contracted COVID-19 in March. He has publicly maintained that those who have had the virus do not need a face mask.
“I’m not telling you not to wear a mask,” Paul reiterated at the rally, according to The Daily Beast. “The cloth masks … I’m just telling you the truth, they don’t work. Ninety-seven percent of viruses go through a cloth mask.”
The CDC released guidance in August that stated wearing a mask is more sure to protect against the coronavirus than taking a vaccine.